After being selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft, Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still opened his rookie campaign playing in each of the team's first eight games, taking part in 157 defensive snaps, adding a shared quarterback sack, hit, three hurries and a forced fumble. Still generated a positive Pro Football Focus score against the run with an exceptional overall game against the Browns in October and productive performances against the Steelers and Broncos.
Not rookie of the year material, but enough to promote an upside that we haven't seen yet. Then Pat Sims returned from an injury and Still was the casualty on the 46-man roster, failing to play during Cincinnati's final nine games (including the postseason loss to the Houston Texans).
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis anticipates seeing more from Still in the coming years.
“Devon got off to a great start for us this year and did a fine job,” Lewis said at Friday's NFL Scouting Combine. “Just because we stayed healthy up there he didn't get to play as much but we're still really excited for him and his career. He has great upside."
“There's no question we're glad we drafted him where we did,” Lewis said.